Not having heard anything further about the feared-dead Garry Jewelers & Opticians of Park Slope since I reported about the mysterious lack of activity at the 58-year-old shop last week, I decided to check in on the story.
I called the shop, but the phone just kept ringing. Not good. Then I decided to call the neighboring Payless Shoes next door, and, by some stroke of luck, I got an extremely helpful young man on the phone. He said Garry was indeed still in operation and that the shop had been open for about three hours just yesterday. Today, he confirmed, it was closed.
Apparently, the owner has no operating hours, per se, but lifts the roller shutter when he feels like it. Sometimes he works late, sometimes early, sometimes not at all. Garry and Payless communicate daily, according to the man on the phone, and Payless often accepts packages meant for the jeweler. What a nice chain outlet.